Group offers $100k for evidence Obama or senior White House aides knew about Fast and Furious – – If you had that evidence, would $100k be enough?
The Conservative Caucus ran
an ad in the Washington Times on Wednesday, offering a $100,000 reward
to any whistle-blower who comes forward with proof President Barack
Obama or his senior White House aides knew about or approved Operation
Fast and Furious.
“Was Operation Fast & Furious simply a
bungled attempt to capture Mexican drug lords, or was it an ‘under the
radar’ political scheme hatched at the White House as now appears
possible?” the group’s chairman Peter J. Thomas asked in a statement.
ad compares Fast and Furious to Watergate, and encourages
whistle-blowers in possession of “verifiable evidence that President
Obama or one of his aides knew about Operation Fast & Furious while
it was underway” to turn it in “just like John Dean did.”
Dean was President Richard Nixon’s White House Counsel – an
administration figure deeply involved in the Watergate scandal who
eventually turned on Nixon and cooperated with prosecutors.
is your opportunity to save yourself before Operation Fast & Furious
comes crashing down like Watergate,” the ad reads. “Don’t go to jail.”
“The truth will come out. Will you be caught in the web of Operation Fast & Furious, or will you avoid jail time?”
added that he thinks “Americans have the right to learn the truth
and see brought to justice anyone who may have been involved in this
scheme which led to the death of US Border Patrol, agent Brian Terry,
and of Mexican citizens.”
“We felt forced to run this
advertisement and offer the $100,000 reward because justice was not
being served, and we wanted to offer an opportunity to anyone who knows
the truth to save yourself before Operation Fast & Furious comes
crashing down like Watergate; to make the right choice now,” he said.
oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, the lead investigator
on the scandal in the House of Representatives, has compared Fast and
Furious to Watergate as well.
During a Dec. 8, 2011, House
Judiciary Committee hearing, Issa pushed Holder on documents he is
withholding in defiance of a subpoena from the House Committee on
Oversight and Government Reform. “Don’t you think it is a little
conspicuous that there is not one email from or to you on Fast and
Furious?” Issa asked. “Isn’t it true that executive privilege [asserted
by Obama] does not include you?”
Holder responded that his
Department of Justice has “not withheld any documents that are
responsive. We have withheld information about ongoing investigations.”
Issa fired back: That’s how John Mitchell responded.”
Mitchell was Nixon’s Attorney General during Watergate. He served 19
months in prison for his involvement in planning the break-in at the
Democratic National Committee headquarters inside the Watergate hotel
and for helping Nixon cover it up.
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